Let’s Paint Tree Roots!

Today we are going to paint a picture of an awesome tree I spotted on one of my hikes at Starved Rock. I fell in love with this tree the minute I laid eyes on it! The root structure of this oak tree made a natural step on the trail. It has stopped the erosion … Continue reading Let’s Paint Tree Roots!

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Nuthatch at my Feeder

Oh BOY! Look who came for a visit at my feeder today!!! It's the white-breasted nuthatch! My friend now, I guess. So why the heck am I so excited about a year round bird in my state of Illinois? Because he never visits me! Today he did. No lie, I never see this guy at … Continue reading Nuthatch at my Feeder

Let’s Paint Autumn Berries!

When I was at Starved Rock I found more blue berries. Not blueberries, but blue berries. That fact alone has made it impossible for me to identify this plant on a search site because the site always wants to substitute my berries. I'm guessing buckthorn family, but I really don't know. Here is the photo: … Continue reading Let’s Paint Autumn Berries!

Hummingbirds in November in Chicago???

No way... Yes way! Daily Herald photographer George LeClaire not only witnessed one, but took terrific photos! If you're not excited yet, the one he witnessed was a rufous hummingbird! The rufous hummingbird is rarely spotted in this area, only visiting durring migration. Click here to see George's photos and read the article. Thanks George for … Continue reading Hummingbirds in November in Chicago???

Canyons at Starved Rock

I had the fortunate opportunity to escape to Staved Rock in Utica, IL this weekend! Starved Rock is about an hour and a half west of Chicago. The area contains miles of trails and several canyons with waterfalls! Today I walked a one mile trail to St. Louis Canyon: This canyon is magnificent. The picture … Continue reading Canyons at Starved Rock

One Bad Squirrel

I dream of a world where all animals live in peace...with each other. Crazy? It could happen! I thought it did for a while when I video recorded sparrows, mourning doves, and a squirrel sitting together eating in peace, All was well in animal kingdom - until, one bad squirrel came along! Now, I assumed … Continue reading One Bad Squirrel